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Transforming Image (In-person)

In this 90-minute program, students encounter examples of historical and contemporary Northwest Coast First Nations paintings and are introduced to the innovative Image Recovery Project. Using infrared technology and raking light, historical painted images are recovered from bentwood boxes, house fronts and other cedar sculptures and belongings to reveal images hidden under dirt or ash. The recovery of these images allows First Nations artists and researchers to see the uniqueness and beauty of historical Northwest Coast paintings. A visual presentation paired with a walking tour through MOA’s galleries highlights both new and old works with extraordinarily painted designs. Contemporary bentwood boxes recreated from the infrared photographs of historical boxes are used in a tracing and sketching activity to encourage students to look closely and appreciate the artists’ design skills.

Learn about MOA’s Transforming Image downloadable program here.

To book this program, please submit a booking request.